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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Gaga-awed & Bieber-ized: Happy World Music Day!

Happy World Music Day, folks!
Today, I would like to talk about two of the hottest (or should it be coolest? Whatever!) music personalities: Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
I know, many would squirm and giggle, but I can't help admit that these two stars are each a phenomenon on their own, and love them (both have won awards and accolades aplenty) or hate them (they are lampooned in the media the most, each having innumerable haters worldwide), you just cannot ignore them.

Lady Gaga shot to fame in 2008 with her debut album and there has been looking back for this singer who thrives on controversies, sensational stage acts and props-laden glam rock numbers that somehow gel well with all sorts of people who cherish rebellion above all else, and love to celebrate non-conventional lifestyles. As far as her music is concerned, it does not make me a huge fan of hers but I salute her spirit; she seems rather upfront - reminds me of Madonna in her heydays. Her avant garde electronic stuff is actually tempting to groove to. And the songs have a certain honesty which is somewhat liberating. Recommended listening (for all those readers of mine who are yet to swing and sway to Lady Gaga's music: "Born this way".

Justin Bieber too was discovered in 2008, on Youtube (of all places!) by his would-be manager and he became a sensation since his debut release in 2009. His popularity reached astronomical heights with every single of his becoming a major hit, biggest ever for a guy his age (Bieber is just seventeen now!) and his sugary sweet pop songs have connected instantly with teenagers (mostly girls though) all over the world. The 3D biopic concert film of Justin's, that released early this year (not in Kolkata though) has become a rage, and Bieber-mania still happens to rule.
My favorite Justin Bieber song: "Never say never" (featuring Jaden Smith).


Sharmee said...

Happy World Music Day! Music enthralls us every day, every night, yet it feels good that on this very day we get to attend so diverse concerts, free of cost. Music breaks barriers, hence it's all the more important that good music reverberates all over.
Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are surely making waves, and though I am not a big fan of either, I agree that their songs have an infectious energy. They are able to connect with millions and that's what makes them tick.

namit said...

Lady Gaga does have some originality, but Justin Bieber is just a Youtube bubble that faces the threat of being burst as soon as he grows up into a full-blown man.